Gennaro Contaldo headlines food and drink festival


After four  highly acclaimed Food & Drink Festivals staged within the Steyning area,  the Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitors & Tourism Group are up and running for their fifth event! The event, between 2 September and 8 October 2017, as before, is being run under the umbrella of the Horsham Food & Drink Festival, which has been successfully organised by HDC for many years.

The Festival has received much support from local businesses, who have come forward with a range of outstanding special offers and fantastic events, which include a Farmers’ Market –  a variety of fun events, such as cooking demonstrations, Ready, Steady, Cook sessions and the October Pumpkin Weight –  plus the usual superb selection of  food & drink stalls; an Italian Extravaganza – Gennaro Contaldo, celebrity Chef & author (best known, perhaps, for the BBC series, Two Greedy Italians), will be joining guests for an evening of Prosecco, dinner, an interview about his interesting and varied life and  a personal signing of his book, “Passione”, and a Family Foodie Fun Day – something for all the family to enjoy.

This year’s event will play host to two ‘firsts’ for the Festival: a Great Steyning Festival Bake Off will offer participants a chance to show off home cooking and win a prize, and the Tasty Cycle Ride, which will be organised by Stan’s Bike Shack and the Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club, with a BBQ to welcome riders back after all that pedalling.

Also on the agenda: different walks taking in the South Downs National Park, Farm Walk, Birds at Dawn Walk, Pubs & Brewery History Walk and Ashurst Tasty Walk. Workshops & demonstrations, on subjects such as Hedgerow Booze, Perfume Making, Wreath Making & Edible Flowers and their use within cooking.

A spokesperson for the event said: “These events are just the tip of the iceberg – take a peep at our website to catch up on more of the exciting dates you should be adding to your diary. There are over 50 from which to choose. Prior booking is essential for most of the “eating out” events.

“Apart from thanking all the local businesses for taking part,  overwhelming and sincere thanks must go to the sponsors, as without their financial support none of this could have happened.   They are:  Horsham District Council, Steyning & District Business Chamber, Steyning & District Community Partnership, Steyning Parish Council, Compass Mortgages, Osborn Humphreys & Wiston Estate Winery.

“Steyning & District very much look forward to welcoming all to their fantastic Food & Drink Festival. It’s a real fun 4 week. We enjoy it and we hope you will too!”

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